Emirates Aussie Open swings on to SEVEN

BY Golf Australia | 03 Oct 2012

Sydney, 3 October 2012: Golf is set to tee off again on the Seven Network with the stars of the Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney from 6th – 9th December 2012.

Eight-time major champion Tom Watson joins World Number 6 Adam Scott, defending champion Greg Chalmers and former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy among those in action at The Lakes.

Seven will broadcast all four days of the tournament from 12pm to 5pm AEDT each day, a total of 20 hours.

Seven Head of Sport Saul Shtein said: “Seven has a long and proud tradition of broadcasting golf and live sport. We look forward to once again showcasing the cream of Australian and international golf.”

Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said he was delighted that fans will be able to follow all the action from The Lakes.

“We’re looking forward to an exciting Emirates Australian Open which will be broadcast into millions of homes across Australia on the Seven Network,” Pitt said.

“The Emirates Australian Open holds a special place in the hearts of both Australian golfers and sports fans and we’re very pleased that the Seven Network supports our passion to showcase the best of international golf across the country.”

The NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris said “The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, is proud to continue supporting the Emirates Australian Open. The broadcast will not only showcase Sydney as Australia’s global city, the home of Australian golf and the home of the Australian Open, but also promote NSW as a destination worth visiting.”

Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia said: “This announcement is a great result for Australian sports fans. The 2011 Emirates Australian Open was watched by a significant domestic and international television audience, and we look forward to working with Channel Seven to grow the tournament in 2012 and beyond.”

“This is a wonderful development for the Emirates Australian Open as Seven Network boasts an outstanding television platform that will relay all the action to a huge audience,” said David White, Managing Director – Australia, World Sports Group.

The Emirates Australian Open adds to Seven’s premium sports portfolio of live sporting events including:

• Australian Open tennis
• V8 Supercars
• AFL Premiership season
• AFL Finals
• AFL Brownlow Medal
• Wimbledon
• Melbourne Cup Carnival
• Sydney to Hobart

Tickets for the Emirates Australian Open are on sale now at Ticketek or by phoning 132 849.

The 2012 Emirates Australian Open will be played at The Lakes Golf Club from
6-9 December.

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